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11/1/1979 (37 y, 3 m, 26 d)
1999 June Amateur Draft - Round: 7, Pick: 18, Overall: 222, Team: St. Louis Cardinals
$14M / 2 Years (2012 - 2013) + 1 Option Years
$22M / 2 Years (2015 - 2016) + 1 Option Years
Crisp will not have his option picked up by the Indians, thus making him a free agent, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports. (11/4/2016)
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Year in Review:
In 2009, Crisp played in just 49 games and received just 215 plate appearances, before, in mid-June, going on the DL and ultimately having surgery for a torn labrum in his right shoulder – and then a second operation on his left shoulder. As a result, he missed the remainder of the season. In his limited playing time, he posted an average offensive line (wRC+ of 98). On the one hand, Crisp walked way more than ever before (13.5% of his plate appearances, against a career average of 7.5% and a previous high of just 8.6%), but on the other, his batting average was just .228 because of an ugly .247 BABIP. (His previous career low was .297 and his career average is .309). Most likely these are just small-sample-size flukes and not the sign of a big change. He did steal 13 bases in the limited playing time.
The Year Ahead:
Crisp was signed by the A’s and he should be the club’s starting center fielder in an excellent defensive outfield. Even before the shoulder surgery Crisp was never a durable player, so it’s best to assume just 450-ish plate appearances even with his starting job. In those PAs he should hit around .270 with seven homers, 60 runs, 40 RBI, and 20 steals. He brings some value with his steals, but he has a poor average for someone without much power, which limits his overall value. If the increase in walks is a real shift in true talent, than he could post a good OBP, so the A’s might have him bat early in the lineup so he could see a bump in his runs scored. Still, he is really only an option in AL-only leagues and, even in those leagues, he is at best a third outfielder. (Dave Allen)
In 2010, Coco Crisp brought his trademark glove and lack of health to Oakland. He didn't disappoint with either, as he was stellar in the field and only appeared in 75 games. In addition, he had his best year at the plate since 2006 with Cleveland. In his limited time, he posted an OBP above his career average, regained his power stroke with eight home runs and a .438 SLG, and swiped a career-high 32 bases while being caught only three times. Duly impressed, Billy Beane picked up Crisp's $5.75M option for 2011. Obviously Crisp's performance will be determined by his ability to stay in the lineup. It's reasonable to expect him to pile up more steals in 2011, as Oakland's lineup is short of power and he's likely to see plenty of green lights from the third-base coach when he reaches base. If he plays something closer to a full season, his power could even out a little bit playing in the chilly, cavernous Oakland Coliseum. Then again, a dip in home runs could result in a corresponding increase in doubles and triples. Crisp ended the season a bit of a troubling note, missing the last two weeks of the season with a recurrence of a broken pinky finger that had sidelined him earlier in the season. (Patrick Newman)
The Quick Opinion:
Despite injuries, Crisp's debut in Oakland was his finest season in years. Can he find a way to keep it up over a full season?
Crisp has a very valuable skillset for fantasy owners, especially those in OBP and outfield-specific leagues. He hits from both sides of the plate and steals a large number of bases when he’s healthy, but the key for him is staying on the field. Even if he does stay on the field, there’s no guarantee he gets to play every day. Draft him as a stolen-base specialist with a serviceable batting average and good OBP, but don’t count on him to carry you in any one category. Crisp is best served as a backup fantasy outfielder. (Zach Sanders)
The Quick Opinion:
Crisp can provide you with steals and a respectable batting average, but he has to stay healthy in order to do so.
Even as he ages, Coco Crisp is still burning up the base paths. Since the 2010 season, Crisp's 120 stolen bases over that time frame are the fourth-most in the majors. Not only is he still stealing at an excellent frequency, but his effectiveness as a runner is off of the charts. His 120/16 stolen base to caught stealings ratio is easily the strongest ratio for the top of the steals leaderboards. He benefited from a strong second half where he batted .281/.349/.511 to help buoy his seasonal line. While the A's outfield of the future is getting awfully full — especially with the addition of Chris Young — Crisp figures to get plenty of playing time either in the Coliseum or elsewhere if he gets traded. His 106 wRC+ won't be ignored and Crisp can be expected to hit leadoff, and score plenty of runs, anywhere he plays. (
The Quick Opinion:
The need for speed should make Coco a draft day creed. Crisp brings plenty of speed to the table, but his value is dependent on his playing time in a crowded Oakland outfield.
Since 2011, Coco Crisp's seasonal steal totals have dropped from 49, 39, and finally to 21 last year. Given this will be his age-34 season, should we expect to see a further drop in Crisp's steal totals? Steals are just one measurement of speed; another is BsR or baserunning runs. The 2013 season saw Crisp post his third highest BsR score — 6.1 — of his career. If that number is any indication, his raw steal totals should come back to the 30ish range and if healthy, he may record his first 100 run season thanks to his leadoff position. Expect a regression in his home run totals, as it is very unlikely for him to hit 20+ dingers again. That being said, Crisp offers speed and runs for a relatively low price. He is still a valuable commodity. For those of you in on-base percentage leagues, Crisp's walk rate is on a three-year rise, though don't expect him to post even a .350 OBP. His skillset is limited, but is still very useful. (David Wiers)
The Quick Opinion:
Another 20-20 season is doubtful, however penciling Crisp in for 30 steals and double digit home runs is fair.
Once again Coco Crisp found himself on the disabled list in 2014, mostly due to neck and hamstring issues, though he did see 536 plate appearances. While he did post the second highest walk rate of his career, for the fourth consecutive season, we saw Crisp's stolen base totals drop. For the first time since 2009 Crisp failed to gather at least 20 steals, coming in just shy with 19 bags against five times being caught. His 39.4% ground-ball rate is the lowest of any of his seasonal totals as well, and that hindered him from using his still above average speed in the best possible way. If alarm bells are ringing for you at this point, it'd be hard to argue. Now 35-years-old, Crisp simply isn't the 30+ steal player of the past. When healthy, expect him to sit atop the Oakland lineup and potentially gather a solid amount of runs scored, but without a spike in either his batting average or a return to his speed glory days, Crisp's value will probably continue the steep dive from the past few seasons. (David Wiers)
The Quick Opinion:
Between the significant injury history, mixed with his declining stole base totals, Coco Crisp's fantasy value isn't what it once was. He should still get into enough games and score enough runs to be drafted, however his rate stats aren't worthy of an early or even mid-round pick.
With the emergence of Billy Burns as a viable candidate both in the outfield and in the lineup to displace Crisp, it seems as though the 36-year-old's time in the big leagues is numbered. While there is a vesting option on his contract (Crisp will need 550 plate appearances this season) for it to kick in, given his injury history it seems all but assured that this the end for Crisp. When in the lineup, he may still be able to swipe the occasional bag, but his days of 30+ steals are gone. If he does manage a full season, then double digit home runs and steals are possible, however it will come attached to what will almost certainly be a sub-.250 batting average. Perhaps Crisp is worth a late round pick in AL-only formats, but everywhere else, leave him on the draft board. (David Wiers)
The Quick Opinion:
The 2015 campaign was nearly a lost season for Crisp. Between neck and leg injuries he was limited to 44 games of below replacement level baseball. Though it was just a 139 plate appearance sample size, he did continue to draw walks, and, at least early in the season, remained near the top of the lineup.
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Updated: Monday, February 27, 2017 3:33 AM ET
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